Five injured in morning crash

Five people were taken to hospitals with serious injuries after a three-car crash on North Carolina Highway 55 in Sampson County.

The incident occurred before 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 near Warren Mill Road, just west of Newton Grove. According to emergency officials, a motorist was traveling east on Highway 55 and crossed the center line and struck two vehicles going west.

A total of six people were involved in the accident. Four victims were airlifted to the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. Another was transported in an ambulance to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. One person was not hurt.

Sgt. Emory Brown, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, said the case is under investigation as the victims recover at the hospitals.

“We’re communicating with other troopers up in Orange County assisting us,” Brown said about the accident.

During the holiday weekend, he stressed the importance of being safe on the road.

“There’s a lot of traffic this weekend and everybody needs to pay attention to their driving,” he said. “We want everybody to get home and to their destinations safely this weekend.”